Oral Cancer Screening is Easy, Convenient and Could Cave Your Life!

According to the American Dental Association, oral cancers account for 2.9 percent of all cancers diagnosed. Each year, there are approximately 45,000 incidences of oral cancer diagnosed in the United States. From that figure, approximately 8,600 succumb to their cancers. For oral cancers that have not spread, the five-year survival rate is 83 percent. In comparison, patients who have oral cancers that have spread obtain a survival rate of 36 percent. Fortunately, the progression of oral cancer is slow and can take up to eight years, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation. Oral cancer may occur in several areas within the oral cavity. This includes your tongue, inside of your cheeks, gums, lips, and mouth.

Screening Is Easy and Convenient

You don’t have to make a separate appointment. It just takes a couple minutes and it can be incorporated within your regular dental exam. Just ask your dentist to check for signs of oral cancer during your exam- it could save your life!

How do I know if I’m at risk for oral cancer? 

Here are some key risk factors for oral cancer to help you determine if you are at risk:

1. Age (People over 40 are more at risk)

2. Smoking or tobacco use

3. Heavy alcohol use

4. Human papillomavirus (HPV)

5. Gender (Men are more susceptible than women.

6. An unhealthy diet

7. Prologued sun exposure

 Remember, please talk to your dentist about any other symptoms you have that requires further evaluation including misaligned bite, jaw pain, difficulty speaking, and numbness in your mouth.

Since most dentists recommend checkups every six months, early oral cancer detection is possible. If cancer is suspected after your screening, your dentist may recommend following up with a specialist for further evaluation. And remember, a simple screening could save your life!

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